Local Beat for Nov. 1, 2017

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November 3, 2017 Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources. RESIDENTS TALK NJ POLITICS AT VOTING BLOCK POTLUCKS Six more partners in the ongoing Voting Block collaborative reporting series hosted political potlucks in their communities over the last week. TAPinto Newark sat down with residents of Halsey Street and Central Ave. in Newark to discuss gentrification and the changing cityscape. Residents of Atlantic City's Bungalow Park neighborhood dined with Route 40 to talk about the ongoing state takeover of the city. Reporte Hispano spoke with residents about the lack of political enthusiasm among Elizabeth's Hispanic community. Neighbors in Berkeley Heights discussed everything from education to taxes with CivicStory. Turkish-American residents in Woodland Park told Zaman Amerika that they're looking for lower taxes and a friend to immigrants in the next governor. Finally, residents in Morristown told Morristown Green that a new governor is only one of many changes they hope to see in New Jersey. Visit votingblocknj.com to read the full series. LITTLE SILVER ENTREPRENEUR MAKES HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS HIS BUSINESS Broadcaster Rich Chrampanis and a small team of multimedia journalists have been documenting high school sports in Monmouth and Ocean counties for three years at his online startup, Shore Sports Zone. Now, Christina Johnson of Two River Times says Chrampanis' unique brand of professionally produced scholastic sports coverage is going statewide under the new Jersey Sports Zone banner. Chrampanis is also the sports editor at Two River Times. MORRISTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT DODGES DEADLY CARBON MONOXIDE; RESIDENT KNOCKS OUT FIRE, FIREFIGHTERS SAVE CATS Several homes in Morristown’s Historic District were evacuated Wednesday night after a downed power line set fire to a fence and an underground electrical condition filled three houses with dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Luckily, Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says a quick-thinking resident put out the fire with a kitchen extinguisher. After the residents were moved to safety, Morristown firefighters went back into one of the evacuated homes and saved five cats from the deadly gas. IN WESTFIELD, RARITAN VALLEY RAIL COALITION GIVES UPDATES ON ONE-SEAT RIDE Commuters along the Raritan Valley train line were hoping for good news Monday concerning a "one seat ride" to New York City during peak hours. Instead, Kate Brochu of TAPinto Westfield says they were told they would have to keep switching trains at Newark for the foreseeable future. NEWARK ORDERS SHUTDOWN OF CONTROVERSIAL PARKING LOT The City of Newark has ordered the shutdown of a controversial parking lot in the Ironbound neighborhood, which has been a point of contention for the last several years and was at the center of a lawsuit first filed by residents in 2013. Elana Knopp of TAPinto Newark says despite the ordered shutdown, many residents wonder why it took the city more than a year to take action. FOOTBALL COMMUNITY PACKS BOE MEETING TO SUPPORT RACIOPPE Members of the Verona High School football community, including current players and parents of former players, attended the Board of Education meeting on Monday night in support of Coach Lou Racioppe, who was placed on administrative leave three weeks ago. Virginia Citrano of MyVeronaNJ says the crowd was critical of many aspects how they felt the leave had been handled, but those criticisms were not always accurate. Want more? Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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